Waref Abu Quba is a Syrian filmmaker, he was born in the city of Al-Tall, which is only 14 km from Damascus. He has a bachelor in Graphic Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Damascus (2008). Since then he worked as a freelancer filmmaker and motion graphic designer with major companies nationally and internationally. Early in 2014 he moved to Germany and he lives in Darmstadt.


  • Milkshake Media, Dubai, UAE

  • Afqaar, Dubai, UAE

  • Hedgehog, Beirut, Lebanon

  • IGO (Invest Group Overseas), Damascus, Syria

  • Emaar, Damascus, Syria

  • JWT, Damascus, Syria

  • Publivision - DDB, Damascus, Syria

  • BJ Concept, Damascus, Syria

  • Zeronine Advertising, Damascus, Syria

  • Kulna Sawa Band, Damascus, Syria

  • ZAD TV, Jaddah, KSA

  • Kiven Finn (Producer), Hollywood, USA

  • Erick M. Crespo (Director), Hollywood, USA

  • Goyogo LTD. | Yeh!, Montreal, Canada

  • MBC Group, Dubai, UAE

  • Blackstone Studios, Dubai, UAE

  • INSIGHT Group, Amman, Jordan

  • Grey, Doha, Qatar

  • Al Nabaa TV, Tripoli, Libya

  • Infamous Studio, Dubai, UAE


TBA - Four Acts for Syria, a short experimental animation film.

Winner of the Robert Bosch Stiftung film prize for international cooperation between filmmakers from Germany and the Arab World in the animation category (2016).

2016 - Wadi Al-Nasara, a short non-narrative documentary film.

Official Selection:
• Autumn Shorts Film Festival, Somerset, Kentucky, USA - 2016

2016 - Stadt, Licht & Bewegung, a short experimental film.

Official Selection:
• Weiterstadt Open Air Film Festival, Weiterstadt, Germany 2016.

Public Screenings:
• Litraturhaus, Darmstadt, Germany - 2016
• Die Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany - 2016
• Evangelische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany - 2016
• Edith-Stein-Schule, Darmstadt, Germany - 2016
• 60,3qm Cafe, Darmstadt, Germany - 2016

2014 - In Damascus

a short poetic film about the city of Damascus, this film has gained more than 200k views on the internet, and was recognized for Outstanding Cinematography in the Autumn Shorts Film Festival, Somerset, Kentucky USA 2015, and it was Staff Picked by Vimeo.

Official Selection:
• ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster|Berlin - 2016
• Arab Film Festival, San Francisco, CA – 2016
• 9th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival - 2015
• Autumn Shorts Film Festival, Somerset, Kentucky USA – 2015
• KARAWANFEST - Il Sorriso del Cinema Migrante - IV Edizione. Rome, Italy 2015
• Autumn Shorts Film Festival, Somerset, Kentucky USA – 2015

2014 - Self Imprisonment, a short fiction film.

Official Selection:
• Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival 2015
• Southeastern International Film Festival, Duluth, Ga. 2015

2013 - To This Day

A participation as an animator in this animated film based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. This film has gained more than 18 million views on the internet.

2009 - Silent Thoughts

A short clay animation film, winner of the bronze award for the short feature film competition at Damascus film Festival in 2009.

Official Selection:
• Shabablik Film Festival, Damascus, Syria - 2010
• Damascus International Film Festival, Damascus, Syria - 2009